Composting and Why It’s Important for the Environment

Composting and Why It’s Important for the Environment

As you know, our LILA Composter turns everyday food scraps into gold 🌟 (AKA: Lab-verified Category A compost). But what exactly are the benefits of composting and why is it so important for the environment? 

In today’s world, where both sustainability and environmental consciousness are gaining rapid popularity, composting stands out as a simple yet powerful practice that can make a significant impact. Nowadays, composting is not just for avid gardeners or environmentalists, but also an easy and accessible way for anyone to contribute to making the planet a greener place. In this blog post, we'll dig deep into the world of composting and explore the numerous advantages of why you should incorporate it into your life. 

What is composting?

Composting is a natural and environmentally friendly process that involves the decomposition of organic materials into a nutrient-rich soil conditioner known as compost. 

Benefit 1: Reduces Waste

One of the greatest rewards of composting is its ability to divert organic waste from landfills. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, food waste is the largest component of waste, making up about 24% of municipal landfills. Therefore, instead of throwing away food scraps and/or expired food, you can make use of it by turning it into compost.  

Benefit 2: Improves Soil Health & Structure

When compost is created, it also produces microbes that provide nutrients to the soil. This helps to enhance the soil’s structure, its water retention, and nutrient-holding capacity. Additionally, compost fosters beneficial microorganisms, which play a crucial role in nutrient cycling and plant health.

Benefit 3: Promotes Healthier Plant Growth

As compost is added into soil, it works to balance the soil’s density. For example, the compost will either bind together loose soil, or disconnect soil that is clumped together. As a result, plants flourish as they are able to grow healthier roots. Furthermore, compost contains natural disease-suppressing properties. When used in gardening and farming, it can help protect plants from various soil-borne diseases and pests.

Benefit 4: Prevents Soil Erosion

Soil erosion is a natural process that occurs when the top soil becomes weathered down, deteriorating the structure of the soil. Therefore, when compost creates healthy soil, there is an ample supply of organic matter which makes the soil less susceptible to erosion.

Benefit 5: Reduces the Need of Pesticides and Fertilizers

Since compost acts as a natural soil conditioner, it promotes healthier plant growth and in turn has a stronger resistance to pests and diseases. This means you can reduce or even eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides in your garden, reducing the harmful environmental impacts associated with these products.


Overall, composting is a simple, yet incredibly effective way for individuals and communities to contribute to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future. It offers numerous benefits, from waste reduction and improving soil quality, to limiting the need for pesticides and promoting healthy plant growth. The advantages of composting are undeniable. By taking this eco-friendly step, you can contribute to a greener, more sustainable future for generations to come. So, why not start composting today and be part of the solution to our environmental challenges.


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